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USS Dixon (AS-37)
USS Dixon (AS-37) departs San Diego with USS Gurnard (SSN-662) and USS Guitarro (SSN-665) on 17 September 1990 (6464588).jpg
USS Dixon (AS 37)
Name: USS Dixon (AS-37)
Namesake: George E. Dixon
Ordered: 20 April 1966
Builder: General Dynamics Corp., Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 7 September 1967
Launched: 20 June 1970
Acquired: 7 May 1971
Commissioned: 7 August 1971
Decommissioned: 15 December 1995
Struck: 18 March 1996
Fate: Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 21 July 2003
General characteristics
Class & type: L. Y. Spear Class Submarine Tender
Displacement: 22,640 tons
Length: 644 ft (196 m)
Beam: 85 ft (26 m)
Draft: 57 ft (17 m)
Propulsion: steam turbine engine, 1 propeller
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: 1,338
Armament: two 5 inch, four .50 cal. mg
Motto: Ready for Service

USS Dixon (AS-37) was a submarine tender, in service to the United States Navy from 1971 through 1995. Dixon was named for George E. Dixon, commander of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley.[1]

Dixon was laid down by General Dynamics Corp, Fore River Shipyard at Quincy, Massachusetts on 7 September 1967. She was launched on 20 June 1970 and commissioned on 7 August 1971 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, sponsored by Mrs. Paul Masterson, the wife of retired Vice Adm. Paul Masterson, USN,[1] and commanded by Capt. D.S. Boyd, USN.

On 22 November 1978, two female officers, Ensigns Roberta McIntyre and Macushla Wiedorn, boarded the Dixon as two of the first female officers to serve aboard a U.S. Navy ship. Ensign McIntyre later became the first woman to qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer, and shortly thereafter Ensign McCormick became the second.

Dixon was decommissioned 15 December 1995 and struck 18 March 1996. She was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean during a fleet training exercise 21 July 2003 over 580 km (360 mi) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina (USA) at 31°16′17.9″N 73°57′46.2″W / 31.271639°N 73.962833°W / 31.271639; -73.962833Coordinates: 31°16′17.9″N 73°57′46.2″W / 31.271639°N 73.962833°W / 31.271639; -73.962833 in a depth of 5130 m (2805 fathoms).

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, Virginia News briefs. The Danville Register. Danville, Virginia. Sunday, 8 August 1971. Page 6.

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.

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